St. George, Utah is a convenient home base for exploring southwest Utah, northwestern Arizona and Zion National Park. Zion is less than an hour drive from St. George, and Las Vegas is just an hour and a half away. Four beautiful Utah state parks are within 15 miles of St. George.
Astounding outdoor and recreation activities, history, and an array of lodging and food options await visitors to St. George, Utah. While most families visit in the summer, St. George visitors in spring and autumn will find cooler temperatures and less crowded trails. Mild winters allow visitors to play on 10 area golf courses, as well as experience all the other incredible outdoor activities.
Anasazi Natives have a long history in the area and St. George was later the site of the first Mormon temple west of the Mississippi River.
Cool, Happy, and Fun Things to Do In St. George, Utah
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is one of the jewels of the National Park System, and the southern entrance (Springdale) can be reached from St. George in under 60 minutes. The Narrows (along the river) and Canyon Overlook trails are among the most beautiful and popular hiking trails.
Utah State Parks
Four amazing Utah state parks are located near St. George, Utah.
Snow Canyon State Park
Some people say Snow Canyon State Park, located 9 miles north of St. George, is deserving of National Park status. With 38 miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of horseback riding trails invite visitors to explore gorgeous scenery. The brilliant Navajo sandstone landscapes here have appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and other movies.
Quail Creek State Park
14 miles north of St. George is Quail Creek reservoir and Quail Creek State Park. A popular fishing and boating spot, Quail Creek State Park is considered a local hidden gem.
Gunlock State Park
Gunlock State Park, 15 miles northwest of St. George in scenic red rock country, offers water sports, boating, and fishing (catfish and bass) adventure opportunities.
Sand Hollow State Park
Located 15 miles east of St. George, Sand Hollow State Park is a favorite destination for ATV riders and water sports enthusiasts. 15,000 acres of red sand contrast beautifully with the blue water of Sand Hollow reservoir.
For more information about the four state parks near St. George, please visit the State Parks section of the Visit St. George website.
More St. George Outdoor Adventures
St. George is home to many other outdoor adventure opportunities outside the parks. Road and mountain biking, water skiing, off road tours, horseback rides, hot air ballooning, climbing, hiking, and many more adventure pursuits are available. Please check the Outdoor Adventures section of the Visit St. George website for details.
St. George Spas
All that outdoor adventure activity will have you craving some St. George spa time. Thankfully, there are four destination spa resorts and a half dozen day spas in and near St. George, Utah.
For more information about things to do in St. George, Utah:
- 15 Reasons to Add St. George, Utah to Your Bucket List
- 11 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in St. George, Utah
Have you been to St. George Utah? What other things to do in St. George would you suggest?